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went wrong on april 20th and who's to blame for the worst spill in u.s. history and the deaths of 11 men. >> bringing this to a conclusion for the investigation to move forward for the families is a major, major thing for the memory of the 11 men. >> reporter: the busted blowout preventer, bop, is such a key piece of evidence that the fbi documented every step of its slow rise to the surface and the agents will remain with it even as it's hauled to an ultra-secure nasa installation. their forensics teams from a half dozen government agencies will scrutinize every inch of it. >> what they're going to be looking for is why this sort of last-ditch stopgap measure didn't work. >> reporter: five stories high, the bop was a series of valves and rams designed to slam shut in the event of a leak. the last line of defense. as we learned at the blowout prevention center at utah state university, this was not one failures. this was a critical part of the blowout preventer system. it should have worked first.
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there are seven other components 50 feet high. all of them failed. but there was also human error. over 100 hours of testimony before a federal investigative panel revealed that to save money, bp officials built a flimsier well. to avoid incriminating themselves, three bp execs have already pleaded the fifth. bp engineers unhooked the failed bop and installed the new one. >> i'm very pleased to announce that with the new blowout preventer on this well, this well does not constitute a threat to the gulf of mexico. >> reporter: now bp can complete the final kill of this doomed well. officials say that process can begin next week. allowing the company to move on to its next problem, $18 billion in potential fines. matt gutman, abc news. nova scotia is still in cleanup mode this morning after getting battered by tropical storm earl. >> earl was no longer a hurricane by the time it made landfall saturday morning but heavy rain and winds toppled trees, knocked out power to 250,000 people all in canada. earl is being blamed for one
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death, a man who drowned off of halifax while trying to secure his boat. here's your labor day forecast. stormy in the middle of the country. 80-mile-an-hour winds, large hail, isolated tornados from minnesota to kansas. windy in the dakotas, montana and wyoming. heavy rain across southern texas. showers in the pacific northwest. >> 60s in seattle, billings and fargo. 71 in salt lake city. 81 in colorado springs. mostly 80s across the midwest. 78 in boston. 82 in baltimore. and 88 in atlanta. it looks like the san diego bay is getting a visit from the pirates of the caribbean. >> people in southern california enjoying the festival of sail this labor day weekend. more than a dozen tall ships from around the world have dropped anchor in the port of san diego. >> visitors can explore those vessels, take a little bit of entertainment and food, and even go for a ride around the bay. the holiday weekend at all. >> it would be tough to fit one
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welcome back, everybody. former british prime minister tony blair has released his memoirs. "a journey: my political life." he spoke exclusively about the book with "this week's" christiane amanpour. >> the book touches on blair's more poignant moments in office. for more here's a look at the sunday talk shows. >> "abc this week" with christiane amanpour starts now. >> do you have regrets about iraq?
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>> you can't not have regrets about the lives you lost. you'd be inhuman if you didn't regret the death of so many extraordinary, brave, committed soldiers or civilians that have died in iraq or die still now in afghanistan. of course you feel an enormous responsibility for that. not just regret. i say in the book, the concept of responsibility for me has its present and future tense, not just its past tense. >> you see president obama faced with drawing down in iraq, faced with ramping up in afghanistan, but still pushing a deadline on. what sort of message does that send as to the commitment to fight this? >> i think it's perfectly sensible to set the deadline, and provided it's clear that's to get everyone focused on getting the job done. in general terms i think the answer to your question is no. i think a lot of people don't understand it's a generation-long struggle. i think one of the things we've got to have, one of the debates
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we've got to have in the west, is are we prepared for that? >> from nbc news in washington, "meet the press with david gregory." >> let's talk about november, let's talk about the political landscape. do you think there is irrational exuberance among republicans who think they're going to take over the house and perhaps even the senate? or do you think the democratic control is indeed in jeopardy? >> i think if we voted tomorrow, we would do very well. but the truth of the matter is that most of this is a rejection of a democratic agenda that did not meet the expectations president obama created about a new way of doing business. from a republican point of view, we need to bring checks and balances. tell the american people if we get back in control, we're going to check this obama agenda that has no limits and we're going to bring about balance by controlling spending, relooking at the health care bill, and trying to be more fiscally responsible. a lot of this has to do with people saying no to the democrats, not saying yes to the
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republicans. >> well, so what happens then in the fall? do you think republican control, or rather democratic control, is in jeopardy? >> yes, i think if the election were held tomorrow, it would be. there's a couple of months to go. at the end of the day, i don't know what their agenda's going to be between now and november. but what they've done in the past, no one seems to like. the health care bill is not being talked about by any democrat. the stimulus bill has been an absolute flop. i don't know what they do between now and november, other than run against us. >> the two very important ideas that are being talked about this week, that the president is suspected to be addressing on wednesday, is this idea of suspending a payroll tax. how much of a boost can that provide, and is it enough to help speed the recovery as the president suggested? >> well, i think if we suspend the payroll tax for businesses that go out and hire additional workers, expand the job tax credit that's in place today, i
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think that could be effective and be helpful in the next six, 12 months when the recovery really needs it. i think that would be a boost to the economy. >> laura tyson, how do you feel about it? >> i think that's correct. i think we already have in place a credit. the credit can be extended or could be extended into a partial payroll tax holiday. i think the issues really are going to be for new hires, all new hires, and then what size of the firm, all firms? this is an area i think is really worthy of serious discussion and with the possibility of some action. >> gretchen, let me ask you this. the whole idea of the president talking about moving in the right direction, wanting to pick up the pace. is there a predominant idea of what it is that is hindering the economy from catching fire? >> definitely is debt. we had a debt binge the likes we have hardly ever seen before. and frankly, harry, it just takes a long, long time to get that out of the system. we're still really working down the debt that homeowners took
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on. and it's a difficult and really excruciating process. you can't do it overnight. >> well, besides obviously their decision about or thoughts about the iraq war in common, president bush and tony blair now share something else in common. tony blair was at his first public book signing in dublin saturday and they started throwing shoes and eggs and other items at him. now that's another kind of embarrassing backlash moment they have in common. pretty scary moments for him on saturday. >> scary moments indeed. when we come back we'll see what's in "the skinny." is kanye west finally again apologizing to taylor swift? was lindsay lohan busted again?
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time for "the skinny." it's awards season, rob. that means kanye west. >> yes, his favorite time of year. >> back in the news. he took to twitter, which he's a new twitter user.
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only been on there since the summer. already got a million or so followers. he wrote on his twitter page, again, i'm sorry, taylor. referring to taylor swift. last year around this time at the mtv music awards -- >> a low point in his career. >> he jumped in front of taylor as she was accepting an award and said beyonce deserved to win. he said he has "bled hard" over the past year. in seclusion a bit. he was supposed to tour with lady gaga, canceled that. >> spent some time with himself, my ego's in check, i'm coming back, i'm going to be a new person. >> this was the latest round in all of his award show snafus and televised incidents. so i don't know, we'll see. >> let's hope, one, the apology is sincere, maybe he's learned something from the incredible backlash of last year's vmas, and move on. we'll see. there's no shortage of ego on that guy. we'll see whatever happens. i hate to bring up the "l" word. we're always talking about lindsay.
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i know you're tired of hearing about her, we're tired of talking about her. she's always doing something. she's back in the headlines. the caveat on this, this story may not true. the alleged eyewitness in this case, the story may not be totally for real just yet. there's a report out apparently lindsay was driving her maserati, pulling out of her west hollywood garage, and actually clipped a woman who was pushing a small child in a stroller. this is allegedly video taken shortly after the accident here. i think this happened sometime last week. and there was concern lindsay did this then drove away seconds later. didn't stop to check on anybody. >> there in the bubble. >> this is shortly after she was released from rehab. she allegedly drove away after allegedly clipping this woman carrying the small kid in the stroller. but again, there's some credibility there about the eyewitness in this case. we have to see where this whole thing goes. she's denying it so far. >> a paparazzo? what's the singular? there was a guy, a photographer,
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this was his first day on the job. so there's some thought that maybe he was just trying to be a little -- >> fabricating. >> salacious. >> that's according to tmz. we'll see where this goes. another negative headline for lindsay. >> let's talk about somebody being overexposed if you will. >> just a little. >> the quote-unquote white house crashers. you remember the couple that tried to sneak into the white house. >> salahis. now she's on "real housewives of d.c." now she will soon grace the pages of "playboy." >> yum. >> she is getting ready to bare her 44-year-old body and all. and this will not be an artsy top half-naked picture, a gossip website reports, it will be a full-frontal birthday suit naked. >> she's going for the gold, really. on the show, issues about her body have become a topic on the show. the other housewives think she's too skinny, may have an eating disorder or whatever. now she's saying, i'm going to show it all for "playboy." >> people will be able to
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here are some stories to watch today on abc news. president obama begins unveiling his new economic plan today at a labor day event in milwaukee. it's the first of a week-long series of events focusing on the economy. also, the fbi is studying every inch of that so-called blowout preventer which failed to work on the bp oil well at the bottom of the gulf of mexico. its malfunction led to that 206 million gallons of oil spewing into the water. the marquee matchup of college football's opening weekend is tonight as number three boise state takes on number ten virginia tech 8:00 eastern time on our sister
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network espn news. i'll take boise state. my good friend brian murphy's a reporter in idaho covering that scene. i'm hoping he has a good season. >> a lot of people saying they're overrated. >> we'll see, we'll see. finally this half hour, the drama hitting a sour note on "american idol." rob, typically it's the people in front of the judges' desk getting the boot from the show. >> not this time around. the controversy behind the desk this year is leading to a big shakeup. who's in and who's out? here's jeremy hubbard. >> reporter: with season ten auditions already under way, it is down to the wire. can "american idol" find the right new judges to stop a ratings slide? >> this is a wakeup call time for "american idol." the ratings went down approximately 5 million this year. they cannot lose another 5 million next season. it's a perfect time for the judge panel to be shaken up. >> reporter: kara dioguardi's departure had been rumored for weeks. but the search for new judges has been dragging on forever.
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with everyone from justin timberlake to elton john on the wish list. the latest front-runners, j. lo, who according to press reports was in the running. then totally dismissed for too many demands and is now back in. and steven tyler's reportedly in the mix as well, though aerosmith's front man played coy when a tmz camera caught up with him a couple of weeks ago. >> are you doing "american idol"? >> i don't know, that the rumor you heard? you know, i don't know, they haven't called me yet. >> are you friends with j. lo? >> they've got to lay out the bread for me. >> reporter: it has been a dizzying game of musical chairs on the judge's panel the past couple of seasons. first kara joined. then paula left and ellen arrived. now simon, ellen and kara are now gone. the last man standing, randy jackson. >> i'm going to honestly, honestly miss you. it has been a blast. thank you. >> reporter: the big question, can "idol" ever again find the right mix, especially after losing their sharp-tongued
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standout? simon cowell is launching his own talent show "the x factor" on fox. >> "american idol" without simon is the
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making news on this monday, september 6th. >> it's the economy. president obama will outline his plans to jump start job growth. is it too little, too late for the democrats. censoring adult services. craigslist bans adult ads but will have an impact on adult -- >> was steven slater fired from jetblue or did he quit? good morning, everybody. happy labor day, of course. i'm rob nelson. >> and i'm mike marusarz sitting in for vinita nair. as americans mark this labor
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day, president obama celebrates with union workers in wisconsin. >> it's the beginning of a renewed focus on the nation's sagging economy from the white house and it comes just weeks from the crucial midterm elections. emily schmidt is joining us. >> reporter: rob and mike, good morning to you. that's by president obama is going to start his focus this week on the economy. and he will begin today with rolling out an infrastructure investment proposal, that they'll roll out in wisconsin. president obama once predicted a summer of recovery. but on this labor day, with unemployment hovering around 9.6% -- >> jobs are being created, they're just not being created as fast as they need to. >> reporter: -- the president is preparing to pitch a new economic plan, the administration confirms this week, mr. obama will call to extend and expand research tax credit which is allows
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businesses to write off development costs. and he may endorse a payroll tax holiday. >> i think that could be effective and be helpful in the next six, 12 months when the recovery really needs it. i think that would be a boost to the economy. >> reporter: the administration says this is not a stimulus package. republicans say it's a sign of political flailing. >> we always like to see a death bed conversions, but of the fact is, if we would have done this kind of thing nearly a couple years ago, we'd be in a lot better shape. like, they're just flailing around. >> reporter: the president's week-long focus on complete comes less than two months before midterm elections, looking forward to what congress may progress. >> and you hope that you can throw enough small things at the economy, shoot enough small bullets that you'll do enough to actually be able to win this war against what is a very fragile recovery. >> on wednesday, the president plans to roll out more ideas. he will do so in cleveland, ohio. you will remember that as the
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same city where last month majority leader john boehner chili called upon the president to fire his entire team. >> emily schmidt in washington. thanks. the recovery has democrats scrambling just ahead of the midterm elections with the house and possibly the senate up for grabs. experts say the democrats are now in triageiage mode. the party is planning to focus to protect the lawmakers who appear to be in the strongest position to keep their seats. investors probing the bp oil spill are beginning to look at a key piece of evidence. they seized the damage's wells 300-ton blowout preventer when brought to the surface over the weekend. >> reporter: like some mangled creature raised from the deep, this million-pound mass of steel could tell the story of what went wrong on april 20th and who's to blame for the worst spill in u.s. history and the deaths of 11 men.
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>> bringing this to a -- a conclusion for the investigation to move forward for the families is a major, major thing for the memory of them 11 men. >> reporter: the busted blowout preventer or b.o.p., is such a key piece of evidence that the fbi documented every step of its slow rise to the surface. and agentses wi will remain wit even as it's hauled from its location. half a dozen from agencies will scrutinize every inch of it. >> that what they'll be looking for is why this last-ditch stopgap measure didn't work. >> reporter: it was designed to slam shut in the event of a leak, the last line of defense. but as we learned that the blowout preventer at louisiana state university this is not one failure but a cascade of failures.
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this was a critical part of the blowout preventer system that should have worked first. now, there are seven other components, 50 feet high, all of them failed. but there was also human error. over 100 hours of testimony before a federal investigative panel revealed that to save money, bp officials built a flimsier well, three bp executives have pleaded the fifth. they unhooked the fail b.o.p. and installed a new one. >> we're pleased to to announce with a new blowout preventer on this well, this well does not propose a threat to the gulf of mexico. >> reporter: officials say the process can begin next week, allowing the company to move on to its next problem, $18 billion in potential fines. matt gutman, abc news. u.s. troops training iraqi forces in baghdad found themselves providing cover fire during an insurgent attack. 12 people were killed and dozens wounded.
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but u.s. officials say no americans were hurt. it's the first time americans have been involved in fighting since the u.s. formally ended combat there last month. nato says an american soldier has been killed in fighting in eastern afghanistan. the death was the fifth among u.s. troops in afghanistan so far this month. this has been the deadliest year for the u.s. military since the invasion began in 2001. officials in earth quake new zealand says they're concerned about flooding when rain fell for another two days in the city of christ church. officials say they're worried that flood protectors weaken by the quake may not hold. luckily, no one was injured. in guatemala, torrential rains have triggered a string of deadly mud slides. at least 38 people were killed when land gave way burying two buses and cars. another slide occurred in the same spot.
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10,000 people have been evacuated and at least 50 are still missing. people in nova scotia are still cleaning up after getting battered by tropical storm earl. the storm made landfall saturday, toppling trees. earl is being blamed for one death in canada. a man who drowned off halifax. and another storm menacing the gulf coast this morning. right now, a tropical depression off texas that could become tropical storm hermine. it's expected to make landfall tonight which means heavy rain and flooding in southern texas starting today. for this morning's weather. severe storms in the nation's midsection. 80-mile-an-hour winds, large hail and the chance of tornadoes and flash flooding. des moines and omaha. windy from the dakotas and wyoming. light rain in seattle meanwhile, showers in south florida. >> 80s here in new york, 78 in
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boston. 80s in detroit to kansas city, 73 in minneapolis. 60s in fargo, billings and seattle. phoenix heats up to 106. sacramento, 94, albuquerque, 90. when we come back on this monday morning, restaurants tried to cash in on all you fantasy football players. plus, the white house is planning to roll out a new plan for struggling homeowners. can this make a difference? and the final exit for
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u.s. markets are closed today for the holiday, but overseas stocks are getting a bounce from last week's job support from the u.s. which was not as bad as expected. tokyo's nikkei average gained 2% today. hong kong's hang seng is higher in late trading. meanwhile in london, the ftse opened higher. the jobs numbers boosted wall street last week. the dow jumped almost 300 points, the nasdaq gained 80 points last week. >> the obama administration is launching a major mortgage program this week. the plan was first announced in march and is designed to help homeowners who are current on their mortgage payments but still owe more than their home is worth. officials say between 500,000 and 1.5 million loans could be modified through the program. several reports say disgraced hewlett pack eckard
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chairman mark herd, herd and the board would have to give the okay before hiring herd. football and food often go together. and restaurants are taking notice lately. many restaurants are launching promotional drives to attract fantasy football players. the offers include not only gift cards but also coupons even free video games. an estimated 20 million people play fantasy football. and restaurant owners say that more fantasy football players are coming out to eat, even as most americans cut back. and the american is the number one box office draw this holiday weekend. it took in $13.1 million from friday through sunday. "american" stars george clooney as the professional assassin holed up in the country stralian countryside. also "the takers" and "machete"
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in third. when we come back, craigslist cleans up its act, but will it matter? and some holiday eating. a record falls. that made chicken wings famous. [ rumbling ] [ air whooshing ] [ crunch! ] [ male announcer ] 11 grams of delicious whole grain. one mighty toasted crunch. new wheat thins crunch stix. the crunch is calling.
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[ female announcer ] wisk is about to change the way you look at stains forever. discover the power of our stain spectrum technology in the new red bottle of wisk. in stores now! now for a look at your morning road conditions. flooding on i-35 from the twin cities to des moines and omaha. and on i-94 from minnesota that to north dakota. heavy rain drenches southern texas especially on i-10 from houston to san antonio. wet on i-95 on florida and slick around seattle. >> and if you're flying today, expect airport delays in seattle, minneapolis, houston and miami. craigslist has refused to discuss why it shut down its assault section this weekend. linsey davis has more on the
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change that affects craigslist but probably won't do much to end online ads promoting prostitution. >> reporter: the laundry list ad of craigslist is now one item shorter, those seeking adult services on a classic website will find the word "sencensored instead. attorneys calling for the removal of the section, accused the site from profiting from the suffer of women and children who continued to be victimized by craigslist. >> over a flub of years, we've persuaded craigslist limit nation prostitution ads. >> reporter: craigslist has been linked to many scandals, most famously is phil limb markoff. craigslist claims it was created
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for legitimate adult businesses but critics consider the section a thinly veiled clearinghouse for prostitution. >> we are looking at craigslist as the walmart of online sex trafficking of minors. it's where the majority of young people have been exploited. >> reporter: and abc's david wright recently talked to a 20-year-old who said she was forced to work as a teenage slave who advertised her on craigslist. >> a typical ad will say, sexy teen girls, if you want to have some fun, i appreciate 150 roses per hour. >> reporter: we found similar ads on craigslist posted in toronto like this one from busty & sexy. she advertises, "when you come over to my place, you're going to have the good time of your life." craigslist only removed the adult services from their american site. that's where we found several posts from people like vanessa
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rose who wondered where should i post now. craigslist would not release a statement and we could not reach them for comment. we're not sure if the ads are good for good or just for now. former jetblue flight attendant steven slater said he was not fired but quit his job. the flight attendant made a dramatic and, of course, headline grabbing exit from the flight in new york by employing the plane's emergency slide. the author who moved next door to sarah palin has left town. when joe mcginniss arrived in may he got a pretty frosty reception from the former alaska governor. the palins even built an extension of their fence to block the view of the home. now, he says he's finished with his research and going back home to massachusetts to write the book on palin. kanye west has issued yet another apology, nearly a year
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after upstaging taylor twist at the mtv video music awards, the rapper used his twitter account to talk about the backlash. he suffered after taking the mike in declaring that beyonce should have won instead of taylor. west tweeted that he wrote a song for swift, and he wants her to sing it. after staying away from the spotlight for nearly a year, he plans to perform at the vmas next sunday. time for sports anded a big weekend in baseball. plus a wild finish for the first weekend of college football. here's jonathan coachman at espn news. good morning, as we get into september, all of the base races are heating up. as we heat up, the pod dres, they have certainly cooled off, trying to avoid losing ten in a row. ten in a row. top four, blane richards on mound. tulowitzki. 2-0, rockies trying to hang around for the wildcard. bottom six, miguel tejada
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crushes that one, into the san diego skyline. we're tied at 2-2. top of the six, melvin moore, singles to right. carlos gonzalez always seems to be on base. that was the difference. rockies win 4-2, eight straight losses for san diego. giants/dodgers, san francisco. they can climb written a game of the padres. jonathan sanchez. no hits, nine strike outs. saturday, a two-run-home run, on sunday, he hit another two-run home run. giants win 3-0, they're creeping. they're creeping. how about sunday afternoon, conference usa football. mcneal returning to his alma mater. head coach, final play. dominique davis. it's caught by justin jones.
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6'8" inch of him. that's the game-winner. 51-49, five touchdowns for davis, the transfer from boston college. that will do it, i'm jonathan coachman. back to you guys in the studio. well, please just 5 feet tall and 105 pounds. she's proven she's powerful enough to devour the competition. get this, 181 chicken wings at the buffalo festival in new york yesterday. we're talking five pounds, enough to defeat america's number one professional eater joey "jaws" chestnut. >> his thing is hot dogs. that makes me hungry. you went up against the black widow. >> no not nearly -- i did see her in action. it's incredible. well, up next, more stories on "america this morning." don't go far. i had this chronic, deep ache all over --
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and now a look ahead to the stories we'll be watching on this labor day monday. president obama kicks off a new focus on the economy with a speech today before a large gathering of union workers in wisconsin. investigators probing the causes of the bp zoul disaster will begin taking a look at a key piece of evidence. their mission, to find out why the oil well's blowout presenter
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finally, a back-to-school shopping spree on the house. a bit a reprieve for public school teachers who have long complained about being underpaid. >> despite their pay checks, most of those teachers have been digging deep into their own pockets for students. but one units has stepped in lighten the load. here's ron claiborne. >> reporter: for school administrators, shrinking numbers mean numbers that won't add up. for daisy, it means students who won't have pencils or paper. . >> through the year, you run out and you don't get more. >> reporter: so caban and thousands of teachers around the world buys more. i zbl i spent about $400 a year. >> out of pocket? >> out of pocket, yeah. >> reporter: after average of nearly $500 a year. but now they are get something help. world vision, a christian
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humanitarian organization is providing supplies to more than 350,000 students nationwide. everything from highlighters to erasers to textbooks. >> we try to make connections between donors and people who don't have enough. >> reporter: world vision goes directly to suppliers to get them to donate excess inventory. to companies like staples. the supplies are then brought to one of eight world vision warehouses around the country and then distribute them to this one where teachers shop. >> this will come in handy. >> anytime i find science materials, i love it. >> reporter: all of it free. >> we're happy to receive anything. anything you give them, they are excited about. >> reporter: excited to about learning. and that may be the most valuable thing this program provides. ron claiborne, abc news, new york. >> now, a bit of assistance because of down economy, we know that retailers are offering de

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